Total Time
1hr 45mins
Prep 15 mins
Cook 1 hr 30 mins

This is one of those can't go wrong and everybody loves it recipes! Fast, easy,crock pot friendly and freezes great. It makes a lot, but you will want leftovers. This recipe gets passed around town from family to family so I have no idea where the recipe originated. Enjoy!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Using a large stockpot, brown the ground beef with onions and garlic according to your taste.
  2. Whisk together tomato sauce and taco seasoning. Add to stockpot and stir.
  3. Add the rest of the ingredients to the stockpot and stir well.
  4. 1-2 cups of water may be added if it's too thick for your preference. I add none.
  5. Simmer on stovetop for 1 1/2 hours, allowing flavors to blend. Or dump all ingredients in a 6 qt crock pot and cook on low 6-9 hours.
  6. Stir occasionally.
  7. When serving, you can top with shredded cheese.
  8. We love this with Fritos on top or tortilla chips on the side.
  9. Also great with cornbread.
  10. Freezing is easy. My favorite method is to freeze the stew in the soup bowls I will serve them inches When frozen, I pop them out and vacuum seal using my Foodsaver. To reheat, pop the frozen stew back into original bowls and microwave. A great trick for keeping the FS bag clean is to put the frozen stew into a cheap baggie and THEN put it into a Foodsaver bag and vacuum seal. All you will have to do is rinse, instead of scrub that FS bag! If you are really short on freezer space, an alternative would be to pour unfrozen stew into a freezer ziplock, let out the air and store flat in the freezer. The downside is that you'll have to either let it defrost overnight in fridge or soak in a bowl of hot water for 20 minutes before you can pour into a bowl and reheat in microwave.


Most Helpful

This recipe is a huge hit. Everyone I know has asked for it. I throw it all in the crockpot, and use a bit of flour and water to thicken it more. Awesome, with melted Mexican Cheese and tortilla chips!

mommyme223 May 14, 2003

Just fantastic flavors and a hearty and quick soup! I made as directed but added one fresh jalapeno(diced) and 1 can green beans--to add some green veggies. Also, halved the recipe since there were only two of us. thanks for the idea of freezing and thawing! Made and reviewed for my adoptee, Pick a Chef, Spring 2009.

pamela t. April 05, 2009

Hi Laura, Just wanted to tell you we loved your stew, did it just as you said,and took a hint from you and served it with shreddd cheese and also cornbread,Yum that was perfect. Thanks so much, Darlene

Darlene Summers January 29, 2006

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